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Disability, Sport, and Television: Media Visibility and Representation of Paralympic Games in News Programs

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School of Humanities and Communication Sciences, University CEU San Pablo, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Faculty of Information Sciences, Complutense University of Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Institute of Knowledge Technology, Complutense University of Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Sustainability 2021, 13(1), 256; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010256
Received: 11 December 2020 / Revised: 24 December 2020 / Accepted: 26 December 2020 / Published: 29 December 2020
With a few exceptions, media visibility and representation of people with disabilities is scarce. It is biased and anchored in stigma, distorting their image and hindering their full social participation. Paralympic sport is one of the social fields where the challenge of an objective representation of disability becomes particularly important due to the ever-increasing amount of television attention to the Paralympic Games as a global sports event and some persisting stereotypes in media representation of athletes with disabilities. Through an exploratory and interpretive research method, aimed at assessing media visibility of disability from the perspective of content production and its dissemination, the paper reviews the evolution of media representation of the Paralympic Games and athletes with disabilities during Sochi 2014, Rio 2016, and PyeongChang 2018 global sports events in the daily news programs from the National Spanish Broadcaster, RTVE. The effective inclusion of people with disabilities in the public sphere and a progressive removal of stereotypes and stigma depends to a great extent on the visibility and objective representation of disability in media. View Full-Text
Keywords: disability; Paralympic Games; media; news program; stereotypes; gender; ablenationalism; assistive technologies; RTVE disability; Paralympic Games; media; news program; stereotypes; gender; ablenationalism; assistive technologies; RTVE
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Kolotouchkina, O.; Llorente-Barroso, C.; García-Guardia, M.L.; Pavón, J. Disability, Sport, and Television: Media Visibility and Representation of Paralympic Games in News Programs. Sustainability 2021, 13, 256. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010256

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Kolotouchkina O, Llorente-Barroso C, García-Guardia ML, Pavón J. Disability, Sport, and Television: Media Visibility and Representation of Paralympic Games in News Programs. Sustainability. 2021; 13(1):256. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010256

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Kolotouchkina, Olga, Carmen Llorente-Barroso, María L. García-Guardia, and Juan Pavón. 2021. "Disability, Sport, and Television: Media Visibility and Representation of Paralympic Games in News Programs" Sustainability 13, no. 1: 256. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010256

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